Several years ago, my wife Mary and I took her father to our church. He had been diagnosed with cancer and the church elders asked us to bring him there for prayer. I was very young in my faith, and up until that time had only a text book understanding of the things of God.
I had expected the same type of group prayers that I had seen before. This was a very conservative church, so I expected a very conservative prayer. But things became very different.
The elders laid hands on him and went into a deep spiritual prayer like I had never seen or heard before. They were speaking and murmuring all at once with such beautiful sounds. It was a chorus of holiness!
Then something happened from which I was completely unprepared for. There was something moving through the room, like a wind, but not a wind. I felt it as if it were going right through me. It was not that hair tingling feeling caused by emotions, but something that touched my inner man. I didn’t know what to make of it.
Afterwards I didn’t speak a word to Mary about what happened. I knew it was something wonderful, but I simply had nothing I could reference to explain it. I was not sure if it was just me. Finally, a few days later I asked Mary, and she had felt it too, in the same way I had.
Friends, I want you to know that there is a level of prayer beyond the natural that reaches into the spiritual realm. That we can pray in the Spirit such that we touch the things of God. That the Holy Spirit is here with us right now.
You can experience the Holy Spirit in your life. You can pray in the Spirit, and when once you do, your prayer life will never be the same again.
Here are some things I have written on this topic of praying in the Spirit, I pray it would be a blessing for you:
Praying in the Spirit is not learned in the classroom but the prayer closet.
You cannot pray in the Spirit unless the Spirit is first in you.
You cannot pray in the Spirit using your own natural power.
Never wonder why you remain in the world that you hold onto so tightly. To pray in the Spirit, you must let go of the natural. “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Corinthians 2:14).
We have a Holy Spirit that cannot be contained within the text books of man.
Strong men can only pray weak prayers. It is the broken man that can pray in the Spirit because he must rely upon the Spirit.
Praying in the Spirit leads to the pouring out of the Spirit. If you want to preach in the Spirit, you must first pray in the Spirit. Let this be you: “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 6:18-19).
The power of a church is not how filled a building is with people, but how filled the people are with the Holy Spirit. There is not power in numbers but in the Holy Spirit.
Natural prayers move men, praying in the Spirit moves God.
Natural prayers only ask for natural things. “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5).
Natural prayers seek His approval of your will, praying in the Spirit places you into His.
“And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (Acts 4:31). You know you are praying in the Spirit when even the building can’t sit still.
Whatever fills you defines you. If you are not filled with the Holy Spirit, then you are just full of yourself. Beware the intellectually filled man who is empty of the Spirit of God.
Prayers without words speak the loudest. “…For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Romans 8:26).
In your prayers, don’t lower the Lord into your plans, but ask Him to raise you into His.
You know you are praying in the Spirit when you can hear the Spirit. “As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away” (Acts 13:2-3). Never underestimate the power gained through the discipline of fasting and prayer.
Fasting separates you from the natural such that you can step into the spiritual. Spiritual prayers never walk on natural grounds.
Natural prayers can touch the heart of man, but praying in the Spirit places you in the heart of God. “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God…” (Jude 20-21).
Ask the Holy Spirit to teach you to pray in the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus taught, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things…” (John 14:26).
Blessings to you,